Facebook vs Google: The Battle For The Dark Web

  • What is the “dark Web,” and why is it potentially an asset to Facebook?

A lot of people have never even heard of the dark web, or even those that have heard of it have no idea how to find or use it. The definition that they give in the book is in fact incorrect. What they are referring to is the deep web and not the dark web. The dark web is classified as a small portion of the deep web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers. A simple way to define the deep web is to think of it as the space that you cannot access through normal search engines such as Google or Bing. It is said that it is impossible to determine the size of the deep web but BrightPlanet, a web-services company, estimates that it is 400 to 550 times the size of the surface web. Thats a pretty good size if you can even imagine it. Just think of all the things that you can google and then realize that you have barely scratched the surface when it comes to the internet. The picture I have posted is a good representation of the distinction. You might be asking what this has to do with Facebook? Well very recently Facebook has launched its very own “dark web” site. Wired magazine says it perfectly when they write, “now the world’s least anonymous website has just joined the Web’s most anonymous network.” Facebook has published this site through the browser Tor, which is a software that allows its users to browse through this dark space anonymously. This is a huge step for a company this size and I think this will lead towards more companies of this size providing their services of the dark web. Maybe this is the new big thing?

For the entire Wired article visit: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/facebook-tor-dark-site/

In addition to the post above, I wanted to do a little more research on the dark web. I wanted to know why the two were mixed up so easy and why there isn’t more information on just the dark web. BrightPlanet has a great article about how the two are very different and how commonly the media gets them mixed up today.

The link to this article is: http://www.brightplanet.com/2014/03/clearing-confusion-deep-web-vs-dark-web/

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